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Started with 4 visits to the ER this week. I am 47, a bit overweight, and smoke less than 1/2 a pack a day. I am on NO medications and do not take any kind of drugs, recreational or street. No family history of heart issues, diabetes, cholesterol, etc. BP is always fine, cholesterol is a bit hight...240-260 range. First trip was due to chest pain but only felt it with deep breraths, it was not constant. I have also been having discomfort in my left arm (for about 2 months) which I think the best way to describe it is overuse of the muscle. I also had a rspid heartbeat that only lasted maybe 15 seconds and I just felt a little off. At the ER I had a full work up. EKG's, blood work that all came back negative for sugar, cardiac enzymes, thyroid, etc. Chest xray that showed my heart and lungs looked fine. Also had a CT scan with contracst to check for a blook clot in the lung...negative, also did an US on my left leg as I also had a strange sensation in my thigh that lasted less than a minute. Negative for a blood clot. I was not short of breath, just a bit scared. I am someone who pretty much just has an annual physical. I do not get sick. Needless to say I made 3 more trips to the ER. One doc was thinking anxiety (I am not and have never been an anxious person or depressed). I had two episodes of catching my breath (tears too!) while waiting for the ambulance. Blood pressure has always been good, although it did drop at the second ER visit to 110/44 and I started having a sensation high in the chest that I can ony describe as being a bit scared seeing my bp drop making me feel like I might start "gasping" for breath. The doc listened to my lungs/chest and found nothing. I left and ended up back at the ER that night and the next afternoon due to feeling so exhuasted and just not myself. I was reassured that all was well. More blood work, EKG's, all negative. Saw my PCP, he does not feel it is anxiety, knows that I am not one to go to the doctor due to a sniffle. I have a stress test set up next week to see if that will revelal anything, Menopause was mentioned at my ER visits and my PCP feels it may be perimenapause. I am completely wiped out (although today I am feeling a bit more like myself). Eating the last few days has been a chore. I know I need to eat, but geez I really had to make myself eat. A few times I wanted to just vomit even though I did not feel sick to my stomach. After much research on line this is what I have found for symptoms that are listed that I have: My period this month was 2 weeks late (you can set a clock by me..I am NEVER late), for about 2-3 weeks I was having electric shocks, only at work. Everytime I handed someone paperwork I gave them a shock or it I put my hand on a doorway or door knob, I got a shock. I also have had 4 UTI's in the last 2-2.5 years (I have only had one prior when I was in my early 30's). For the most part I am a healthy person as confirmed by the doc. This has really got me concerned as I know my body, I am never sick, and this really has me concerned. Is this what some people go through with menopause or perimenapuse? If this is truly what it is I must say it totally sucks! I have never been so wiped out before. Ugh!!!
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